High Interest For Property Tax Appeal Info

Fed up with high property taxes, a record number of people came to hear an expert, Andrea Raila, give pointers on how to appeal them.


The last time Andrea Raila came to speak at the Niles Library, 60 people showed up. But prior to her appearance last night, the library's phone wouldn't stop ringing.

Judy McNulty of the library just barely managed to seat 120 people, the room's capacity, after many waited in line and McNulty diverted others by telling them Niles Township Assessor Scott Bagnall will be a holding a similar seminar on Sept. 27.

Those who showed up were intensely interested in getting their taxes lowered.

"I just bought a house in December and I want to keep the taxes down," said Marisela Navar, who lives in the Maine Township portion of Niles. "The taxes went up a few hundred dollars from previous years."

Others were concerned about real estate values.

"I noticed in this real estate market downtown that the assessor valued my house much higher than the market value, and based on that, my taxes went up so high," said Rae Hanlon, of North Edgebrook, a Chicago neighborhood which borders Niles.

"It's really not fair. I'm just trying to find out if there's any way I can protest that...Can I get two years of overpayment back?"

One homeowner, Ellen Ross of North Edgebrook, protested the high salaries teachers and government workers are earning and their role in making taxes high.

"I'm upset with the schools especially, and the county and Chicago," she said. "The teachers, the city, everybody gets paid too much and regular people are paying the bill. If I made what the teachers make, I would have no problem."

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Erin Hauri of Edison Park, who was there with her husband Nick, wanted to know why the assessor had over-valued their home.

"We're getting taxed on $340,000 and we paid $217,000 for the house a year and a half ago," she said. "I just think that's ridiculous, and we want to figure out how to appeal it."

Beata Zielik, also of North Edgebrook, was trying to figure out if she could file a tax appeal herself or whether she needed to hire an attorney.

"Taxes are going up and up," she said. "Who is using these taxes? Where is the money going?"

Marlene Dewulf, who lives in the Maine Township portion of Niles, knew that the township's tax bills had been due Aug. 1, but that only fired her up. She said she wanted to learn how to appeal for the next time appeals are permitted in the township--which should be sometime in 2013.

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Harry Gio August 30, 2012 at 04:34 PM
Did anyone ever wonder why so many families are moving out of CROOK County ? It's because of the taxes... Why should we be paying so many taxes ? Real estate values have taken a dive like a LEAD balloon ince 2008 (regardless of what the ever-so-filtered media continues to say) and lending as we once knew it has ceased to exist... Therefore, the BIG question here is, WHY ISN'T EVERYONE MOVING OUT OF CROOK COUNTY QUICKER THAN THEY SHOULD ? Clearly because they still think that jobs, real estate values and easier lending will return... Well, I have a little news for you - CROOK COUNTY IS SLOWLY BECOMING THE NEXT DETROIT - and I'm defiitely not the only one seeing this. Even if you were to buy a 300.K house, the taxes (including CROOK County increases) will eat up any value you think you have. In other words, property taxes are 300% higher than they should be, so the home you purchased for 300.K is actually costing you 1 MILLION DOLLARS.
Harry Gio August 30, 2012 at 04:48 PM
Even if you were to purchase a 300.K home for a mere 100.K, the 200.K in equity that you "think" you have is really NOT there... I chase foreclosures - and I chase them well, but the reality is, if you're not paying cash for the home and have your property taxes and insurance escrowed in your monthly mortgage payment, you can expect your mortgage payment to INCREASE every 6 months as your property taxes continue to rise, EVEN IF THE VALUES CONTINUE TO GO DOWN. Therefore, if you're not paying cash for a home, my expert advice to you is, RENT a similar home for 1/3 of the monthly payment you would have been paying, NOT be affected by values dropping, and NOT being affected by CROOK County property tax increases.
Harry Gio August 30, 2012 at 04:59 PM
The American Dream of owning a home if for FOOLS these days... Unless you're able to acquire a foreclosure for 1/3 of the fair market price and pay cash, then it isn't worth it... There are a ZILLION+ benefits to renting for 1/3 the price than paying 2/3 MORE and being stuck there to endure ALL the little shenanigans pulled on us by CROOK County ! By the way, Harry Gio is my REAL name (you won't see me posting blog comments under some handle) and I have ALWAYS said it like it is. If you don't want to believe my blog comments, then I urge you to go back to paying FULL price for housing. In short, I am NOT soliciting business, nor have I listed the name of my firm or my telephone number, because I sell to Bulk-Buyers; NOT individuals.
CK August 30, 2012 at 06:16 PM
Why arent the state legislators and the high salaried Niles Township High school elected board members and the Culver school high salaried cabal giving exblabbations on how they should lower taxes? LOWER TAXES AND THEN WE WON"T HAVE TO SPECND TIME APPEALING THEM!
kyle matthews September 11, 2012 at 01:11 PM
Unless of course Harry, everybody does this (which they are) and the demand for rents exceeds that of a purchase and therefore drives up the rent price to more than a mortgage...


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